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Annual 2008 VA/DoD Joint Venture Conference David Grant Medical Center VA Northern California Health Care System Lt Col Doreen Wilder David Grant Medical.

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1 Annual 2008 VA/DoD Joint Venture Conference David Grant Medical Center VA Northern California Health Care System Lt Col Doreen Wilder David Grant Medical Center KC Carlson and Sandy Robison VA Northern California Health Care System

2 2 Agenda Brief overview of sharing relationship Staff Integration Other Best Practices Lessons Learned Contact Information

3 3 Brief Overview of Sharing Relationship Sharing agreement between 60 MDG and VANCHCS established in 1994 Veterans utilize DGMC for ER, inpatient care, radiation therapy, neurosurgery, and specified diagnostic services VA Fairfield Clinic (adjacent to DGMC) includes joint neurosurgery clinic and DoD contract chiropractic clinic Agreement incorporates Pre-Sep Program, a consolidated DoD Pre-Separation and VA Comprehensive and Pension physical (25-50 per month) 60 MDG Satellite Clinic located at VA’s north Sacramento site –6 PCMs for 60 MDG enrollees located at Sacramento site Includes active duty Coast Guard and dependents –VA provides lab, x-ray, pharmacy services to DoD beneficiaries –60 MDG pays VANCHCS for this service; therefore, no patient copay required (acts a TRICARE provider)

4 4 Best Practice: Staff Integration “The staff is seamless. We have a completely integrated staff, working and growing together.”

5 5 Best Practice: Staff Integration Hiring Advertising Application review process Interview processes Recognize expertise Emphasize integration from the start Electronic vs. paper record

6 6 Best Practice: Staff Integration Education/Staff Development Requirement comparisons—one folder  Contains both agencies’ requirements Orientation to VA and to DGMC Consider variations of accepted standards “They (VA nurses) are highly motivated and are important assets to our unit. I was fortunate enough to be oriented to the unit by Sally.” Maj. Lowry, Nurse Manager

7 7 Best Practice: Staff Integration D/C Planning & Case Mgmt. Joint morning rounds  Promotes collaboration  Improves communication VA nurses help to facilitate D/C planning “It's Friday – Don't Expect Miracles” Capt Lydon, DGMC, UM Nurse

8 8 Best Practice: Staff Integration Leadership Role of the VA Nurse Manager VA nurses in supervisory positions Maintenance of VA identity Performance discussions “Maria was right to be concerned. I actually find her concern reassuring because it tells me that she is thinking the problem through and is asking the right questions. She handled it well last night.” DGMC Critical Care Medical Director

9 9 Other Best Practices at the Joint Venture Trust and integrity between VA and DoD We understand and support each other’s mission Fisher House and Air Force Inn Support Engaged and supportive leadership Regular Meetings/Ongoing Communication –Monthly Joint Initiatives Working Group –Quarterly Executive Management Team meetings –Reversible Reimbursement Methodology…Keep it simple –User Review of MSA Always looking for ways to strengthen each other –Annual strategic planning off sites are critical We look for the right solution for both parties

10 10 Lessons Learned Address issues early on Keep the personalities “in-check” Patient-centered focus


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